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Europe » Luxembourg » Luxembourg City July 16th 2019

Our flight to Oslo in the evening (but full daylight!) was a short hop back to city life - a fast quiet train from the airport, then a short taxi ride to our Smarthotel, which was centrally located (another thank you to Martin from Destinations Travel for his great bookings). We crashed into bed (it actually got dark for a few hours!) and had a cruisey morning before catching the Hop on Hop off bus to suss out the local sights and ended up at one of the many Maritime Museums - always lots of learn, and a couple of hours were spent amongst world class models of shipping from Viking longships to modern oil drilling rigs. Just caught the last bus back to the city, where we walked the immediate vicinity, had a meal and ... read more
Vigeland Sculpture Park.
Vigeland Sculpture Park.
Vigeland Sculpture Park.

Europe » Luxembourg September 9th 2018

My last blog finished before the end of our Scotland-East coast trip ended. I am writing this from Luxembourg so had between fill in the gaps for you!! From Fortrose we drove to Forfar, not on everyone’s’ list of destinations in Scotland but it was amazing. It is home to two awe inspiring constructions and the first are the Kelpies. Two stunning horse head sculptures, built of structural steel with a stainless steel cladding, The Kelpies are 30 metres high and weigh 300 tonnes. I had a great time taking shots with my camera and would love to return to see them at night. Our next stop was the canal to see the equally famous Falkirk wheel, a functional piece of engineering to connect two canals with a height difference of about 25 metres. We were ... read more
The Kelpies
Falkirk wheels
Aunty Amy

Europe » Luxembourg June 8th 2018

Et oui... ça nous arrive ! à peine rentrés... à peine envie de re-partir... Nous avons eu un très beau mois de mi-mai à mi-juin, chez nous... Et si nous avons déjà avalé un plein de vitamines D..., l'été n'est pas fini pour autant... il ne fait même que commencer ! Des tas de projets en fêtes nous attendent dans les semaines à venir : revoir des paysages, en découvrir d'autres, retrouver des amis ou de la famille, participer à des festivités, en créer une ... il y aura du soleil dans nos coeurs pour vous partager tout cela ! Les photos de ce blog vous donneront notre itineraire... nous le ferons en plusieurs semaines.... et quand nous rentrerons, faudra patienter un petit peu pour nous retrouver sur la route ou dans les airs à nouveau... ... read more
CARTE ITINERAIRE FRANCE ESP 2
CARTE ITINERAIRE FRANCE ESP 3
CARTE ITINERAIRE FRANCE ESP 4

Europe » Luxembourg » Luxembourg City May 10th 2018

Taking advantage of the many long weekends that spring in Europe seems to offer is something I relish. When my dear friend Winter said she would be in Europe and asked if we could meet, we somehow landed on connecting in Luxembourg for few days. Our time was mostly spent wandering the small streets. We caught up with each other for dinner on our first night, enjoying the ambiance of one of the city's squares. There was also a holiday feel, with families out and enjoying a late night together, even though it was a Thursday. We started the next day with the changing of the guard at Paiais grand Duc. The scale of the country, and its buildings and streets is smaller than that of many capitals, so this event was also on a smaller ... read more
Luxembourg City fountain
Luxembourg City
Luxembourg City

Europe » Luxembourg » Luxembourg City April 21st 2018

It’s our last day in Luxembourg and not much is happening. Preparation for the trip to Paris, a walk in the heatwave (23°c) that Luxembourg is experiencing, and thinking about returning home are the main priorities. In the past few days we have been taking in the sights and the sites of Old Luxembourg , Vianden Castle, Clervas Castle and the Gardens Of Chateau de Ansembourg. Two days ago , Tim, Sue and I visited the old settlement in the valley surrounding Luxembourg called Pafendall. This literally means the Valley of the Monks and is the oldest residential area of the city. It dates back to the 11th Century when the Benedictines had a large monastery there and controlled most of the valley. Over the years the various occupants of the city included the French who ... read more
Retirement Home Luxembourg Style
Pafendall From The Elevator
The Glass Elevator From Pafendall.

Europe » Luxembourg » Luxembourg City March 28th 2018

We are back, sleeping on the floor again. Our foldout bed in Luxembourg is fine, but the white soft fluffy expanses of a real bed should never be underestimated. I’ve slept in the back of cars, under cars ( a story for another day), in tents, out in the open, in hostels with 60+ other people and the associated noises, and all were good under the circumstances, but at my time of life, you really can’t go past a nice firm bed, preferably made up by someone else, with fresh bedding and room to stretch out like a starfish in; it’s heaven. Day 2 in Bruge was overcast and raining but I don’t think anyone noticed. It is such a privileged experience to visit such a place, that no sun is no worries. By the time ... read more
Belfort, the Belfry Tower
Canal View

Europe » Luxembourg » Luxembourg City March 23rd 2018

Blog Post Take Two: the save function didn’t work, the internet dropped out, about 350 words down the drain. Shouldn’t really say how that makes me feel, but a bit pissed off is just scratching the surface. Deep breathe! Here we go again. The basic plan today was to visit the Duke of Lorraine‘s Castle in Sierra-les-Bains, have some lunch and a look around Thionville, and end up at a large shopping centre on the edge of Luxembourg, where Tim was having a French lesson while Sue and I shopped and waited. I’ve always found it a little unnerving being a passenger in a car, and skooting along wet roads in the grey, cold countryside of Luxembourg hasn’t helped. We were in a Nissan Micra, a car so micro that I couldn’t see the bonnet from ... read more
Cottage Window Near The Duke Of Lorraine’s Castle
View Over Sierck From The Castle
Gargoyle In The Castle

Europe » Luxembourg » Luxembourg City March 22nd 2018

Today had a quiet start and ended up with a quiet finish. It snowed heavily for a few hours early in the day, coating buildings, cars and the ground with a cold sheet of snow. Tim, Sue and I walked down to the local Portugues Bakery and had coffee and pastries, caught a bus into town (no tickets again) and wandered around the old part of town, visited the Luxembourg City Art Gallery, went to a pretty cool bar, had more coffee and pastries and caught the bus home. Luxembourg is very unique and is built on a hill surrounded by deep valleys. It was virtually impregnable and heavily fortified until 1867 when the Treaty of London was signed. Basically, all the world powers that mattered at the time forced Luxembourg to dismantle the walls and ... read more
Taking The 100 Metre Drop In The Glass Funicular ( lift).
The Funicular
The Valley

Europe » Luxembourg » Luxembourg City March 21st 2018

After a ’French’ breakfast at Port Royal, we wandered down to Montparnasse, found the local market for food, chatted to vendors, bought a beanie and took Sue to the Gare Montparnasse, the station where I last caught a train to Saint Jean Pied de Port to start the Camino. The original idea to transit to Gare de l’est was to catch a taxi but my newfound confidence in my public transport smarts had us lugging a large suitcase, 2 backpacks and a couple of smaller bags up the steps of Bus 38 for the €2 trip to the station. Sue had a seat and nursed backpacks while I wedged the case on a wheel arch and stood there protecting it. The attractive lady in the seat adjacent to Sue gestured to me with a smile, for ... read more
Breakfast at Port Royal Cafe
French Breakfast
Open Market At Montparnasse

Europe » Luxembourg September 29th 2017

29 September 2017 To enhance our knowledge of The Battle of the Bulge gained when we visited the museum at Bastogne, today we visited the American and German military cemeteries in Luxembourg. They respectively contain the graves of 5,076 and 10,913 soldiers. They were both developed from provisional cemeteries created by the American Burial Service who began recovering bodies from both nations in late 1944. The American cemetery originally contained 8,412 bodies but in 1947, at the wishes of the relatives, some were returned to the USA to be buried there. The American Cemetery is maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission and the German one by public donations and volunteer labour. After lunch we left Luxembourg, entered France and drove 175k south east to a campsite outside the town of Phalsbourg, 35k east of Strasbourg. ... read more
Most graves are marked by Latin Crosses but a Star of David is used for Jewish casualties
There are four fountains with turtles symbolizing everlasting life and dolphins symbolizing resurrection
General George S. Patton was commander of the 3rd US Army which did a lot of the fighting in Luxembourg and Belgium. He was killed in a motor accident in Germany in December 1945. The building in the background is a memorial chapel




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